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Poll Results: Are you satisfied with Cable/DSL?

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post #31 of 45
not happy because the max i can get is 40/3
i need my upload to be around the 5 - 10mb so when i stream games i can do 720p or 1080p at high kbps

right now i have 20/2.

wish they would let you customize your plan and do 20/10, i would pay the 40/3 price for that.
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And I would saying being satisfied also means that if another option was available for a similar price that you wouldn't bother, because you are satisfied and have no need or desire for anything else.

I don't think anyone would keep a slower speed if they could get the same or faster for cheaper, regardless of how good their internet already is. If I was getting 500mbit for $20/month, I wouldn't hesitate getting 600mbit for $15 a month... that doesn't have anything to do with how satisfied I would be with that 500mbit for $20.
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The only reason I have the internet I have right now is because it's the only option available. Are the speeds satisfactory? To an extent, sure. Am I satisfied with it? Not even remotely. I'd love to have the option for faster internet at a lower price (like elsewhere in the country/world), so no, I'm not satisfied and I'm a bit surprised so many of you are saying otherwise.

Are you using the absolute fastest tier provided by your ISP? If not, then it's a pricing issue not a speed issue. That is a valid reason to be dissatisfied with your internet, but you've mostly been complaining about speeds so far.

For example, I am paying around $70/month just for my internet connection. There are two tiers above mine (50 and 100), but they cost even more. Overall, I would say I'm satisfied- my speeds are fast enough, and I'm willing to pay $70/month for internet. If Comcast raised my price I wouldn't be anymore, as it seems $70 seems pretty high as it is... and if they cut the speed much, It would probably take longer then I'd like to download files, thus making me not satisfied with my connection.
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And I know that my opinions aren't those of the majority, and I am not trying to force it upon anyone else. I am just thinking people are slightly lying to themselves or are simply ignorant to an extent (which isn't a bad thing, it's hard not to). But being able to access files from a server not on your local connection and have them behave as if they are on your local machine is certainly nice and a hard thing lose once you get used to it.

You keep throwing the term ignorant out there- not agreeing with your point of view doesn't make someone ignorant. I know what faster internet is like, and I'm sure anyone who doesn't could imagine it pretty easily. The game that takes 2 hours to download on 20mbit would take less then an hour on 50. I haven't been able to find anything I can't stream, but if someone does they'll know that faster internet would let them stream that file.

It's not the knowledge of faster internet that's keeping people from being satisfied, it's the need for it.
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post #33 of 45
In austraila, we pay high price for internet and get crap speeds fullstop. 8mb down, 860kb up thats on adsl2 elite speeds... We do have cable that offers speeds up to 100mbs down but you have to be in the very limited areas, only now are the house all starting to upgrade to optic fiber from the nbn but for every house to get that could be between 5-10 years.
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post #34 of 45
I think I would be ok with DSL/Cable if I were getting the speeds I pay for and if I wasn't experiencing repeated disconnects. Thank you Time Warner.
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In austraila, we pay high price for internet and get crap speeds fullstop. 8mb down, 860kb up thats on adsl2 elite speeds...

That's before you even get into the download caps tongue.gif. My buddy in AUS was always at 56k speeds at the end of the month from hitting his cap.
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post #36 of 45
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Originally Posted by Z4XC View Post

I think I would be ok with DSL/Cable if I were getting the speeds I pay for and if I wasn't experiencing repeated disconnects. Thank you Time Warner.
I feel your pain, a few years back when I lived in Wisconsin the only option was Time Warner and it would always disconnect. I hated them so much, they would expect high pay for crappy service mostly because they are a monopoly company in that area.
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post #37 of 45
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That's before you even get into the download caps tongue.gif. My buddy in AUS was always at 56k speeds at the end of the month from hitting his cap.

Lol, I dont get that issue with 500gb limit. Was thinking of get 1TB plan to make use of my 13TB storage haha thumb.gif
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I don't think anyone would keep a slower speed if they could get the same or faster for cheaper, regardless of how good their internet already is. If I was getting 500mbit for $20/month, I wouldn't hesitate getting 600mbit for $15 a month... that doesn't have anything to do with how satisfied I would be with that 500mbit for $20.
Are you using the absolute fastest tier provided by your ISP? If not, then it's a pricing issue not a speed issue. That is a valid reason to be dissatisfied with your internet, but you've mostly been complaining about speeds so far.

For example, I am paying around $70/month just for my internet connection. There are two tiers above mine (50 and 100), but they cost even more. Overall, I would say I'm satisfied- my speeds are fast enough, and I'm willing to pay $70/month for internet. If Comcast raised my price I wouldn't be anymore, as it seems $70 seems pretty high as it is... and if they cut the speed much, It would probably take longer then I'd like to download files, thus making me not satisfied with my connection.
You keep throwing the term ignorant out there- not agreeing with your point of view doesn't make someone ignorant. I know what faster internet is like, and I'm sure anyone who doesn't could imagine it pretty easily. The game that takes 2 hours to download on 20mbit would take less then an hour on 50. I haven't been able to find anything I can't stream, but if someone does they'll know that faster internet would let them stream that file.

It's not the knowledge of faster internet that's keeping people from being satisfied, it's the need for it.

That's kind of the point I am making though, I am not trying to compare things to what you necessarily have available in your area but what is available in general. And the connection as a whole (speed, provider, availability, pricing, etc), it just happens that everyone else was talking about speed so I used that as an example to jump off of. I am unsatisfied because my provider and the others in the area have no desire to better the connection for the users for a reasonable price because they don't see why they should have to. I am using the fastest tier service in my given price point. Which happens to be significantly worse compared to other services at the same price point. Them throttling me is something else all together why I am unsatisfied.

I am using the term appropriately though. Ignorant: (1. Lacking education or knowledge. 2. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge: an ignorant mistake. 3. Unaware or uninformed.), it might be a harsh term with a slightly negative connotation but correct nonetheless when discussing faster/better internet services. There aren't a whole lot of users that have experienced better than what they have.

And I will disagree with that last point to an extent, but because of the service at large. If a user knew more about what they could use their faster connection for I am sure there would be more users interested and wanting the better service.
 
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post #39 of 45
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And I will disagree with that last point to an extent, but because of the service at large. If a user knew more about what they could use their faster connection for I am sure there would be more users interested and wanting the better service.

What do you think people could use a faster connection for? You haven't posted any existing service that needs a faster connection.

The only one I can think of an average user using is live streaming and/or other video uploading services... since upload speeds have stayed quite low.
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I had always thought of the internet as essential infrastructure that's crucial to a country's economic success, much like how electrification, nationwide telephone lines, and highways were what made the West so successful in the early 20th century. In fact, I was always baffled by why no state or federal government of any Western nation except Sweden had made any serious investments into internet infrastructure, but now I understand the reasoning - their constituents, including many who are technologically sophisticated, simply don't care.

Still, I can't help but feel a certain sense of irony when it comes to the way people are happy with Cable/DSL when it comes to landlines, and yet they won't settle for anything less than LTE on their mobile devices even though HSPA+ is just as fast as a typical Cable/DSL connection.
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